When I'm not on the road traveling for work, I get to work chauffeur-style - except I'm the driver, and the backseat space goes to Lily, my beagle mix of uncertain age but very certain place in my heart. When I look back from the rearview mirror, she's typically gazing out the window, or is curled up in a fox-like pose. I can live with this arrangement because she's not a backseat driver and definitely not barking orders - there's just a plain old bark every once in a while.
Lily makes the commute with me because we at The HSUS have a "dogs in the office" policy, and she's one of about 100 dogs (among other animals) who spend the day at work with their human companions in our Washington, DC, or Gaithersburg, Md., offices. In fact, today is Take Your Dog to Work Day®, and that's as good an occasion as any to tout the benefits of a dogs-in-the-workplace policy.
It's amazing: on any day, you can walk around at The HSUS, and you don't hear any barking or see any dogs streaking down the aisles or tussling in the cubicles. They are all so well-behaved. Lily, if I do say so, is exceptionally good. She sleeps in a bed, begs for treats like any self-respecting, food-obsessed beagle, and at various intervals throughout the day she takes walks, sometimes with me and sometimes with her good friend, Andre, a five-pound chihuahua.